Bye, Writing and Journals

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What an eventful year it has been, for myself and for the world at large. Political shifts, environmental concerns and unnecessary media attention on the Kardashians nonetheless… I’ve decided to drop a big news – to stop writing for Supersponts.

I believe that quality work is something timeless and will continue to receive recognition in time to come, so don’t worry, the website will still be up for you to read past articles, which has a good 100 of them (wow I’m impressed myself).

In this efficiency-conscious age, I have friends watching videos in twice the speed just to save time. Magazine houses are struggling with their print sales, diverting their attention on their social media platforms, often translating into a content spam – not exactly something that users appreciate. Buzzfeed also admitted to dwindling visitor counts, losing them to bigger news sites.

For a small lifestyle blog like mine, a simple 500-word article online is no longer sustainable. Admitting to failures takes courage. And it also does not mean that Supersponts is gone forever. Writing for other websites or prints is still something agreeable for me.

Thank you to all that have supported my humble venture to exercise my passion for writing, it has certainly been a rewarding journey – who knew I will have gained such finesse at photoshop and lightroom? Not forgetting Indesign that allows me to put all the articles together.

Regardless, perhaps something new is brewing meanwhile?

Thank you

Supersponts takes a hiatus

It’s December 2016 – the millennium occurred 16 years ago; the 00’s babies have started to appear on television talent shows. And for the 90’s kid like I am, working full-time and exploring the world, pursuing our humble dreams.

2016 has been a year of transition and maturity. Stepping foot into the working world was a huge reality check. Seeing relationships fail and succeed again, new opportunities arising at work, being a first-timer to many new experiences… I won’t complain nor change anything about it because everything happened for a reason. So many people to thank, and yet so many people to forget.

Doing a recap of the year this early, just gives me more time to sediment the emotions and exhaustion. 2017 will be a great year, and will only be for those prepared for anything that comes in his way. A timely decision to also break away from social media (less FB, twitter and whatsapp for work purposes) because we all should do it as a matter of fact.

Please enjoy a year in review for supersponts, and look forward to something new!

*Jee

 

 

First repost on TODAYonline!

A huge thanks to Dawn from Stylexstyle and the editors from TODAYonline, i actually got a repost for my original article on stylexstyle regarding working life after graduation. This all came at a good time with politicians talking about the economy and employment. Nonetheless, i’m happy and humbled to share my experiences and thanks for the support!!!

Supersponts’ first exposure on TODAYonline!

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Are pop-up markets in Singapore worth the hype?

From the recent “Fantastic Thai Market” to “Singapore Night Festival”, not forgetting to mention other interesting and artistic-themed markets in recent months, Singaporeans can no longer complain about having a boring and unlively weekend. However, as much as we anticipate going for these pop-up markets, we often end up being underwhelmed and less-than-impressed. I came up with just few reasons for my “not-so-disappointment”:

  1. $$$

Can someone mention how everything is just so ridiculously overpriced? Of course, price is an indication of costs, and high costs are likely to be caused by rental charges, and these are ultimately set by the organisers. Let’s not set high prices just because Singaporeans are willing and able to pay for it.

  1. Crowd

It feels like the entire village came down to visit every time there is a pop-up event happening in Singapore. Snaking queues and congested spaces really kill the originally intended vibes sometimes. Not that we can overcome this, i understand, but perhaps if we had more of such events happening throughout the year, the problem of overcrowding could be eased.

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Crowd
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and more crowd
  1. Commercialism

As much as i appreciate how organisers combine unique themes, markets and locations together, recent events made it feel like it’s over-commercialised and not exactly celebrating the arts and culture scene. But well perhaps it is the fault of our overly pragmatic society?

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While they can be a bummer sometimes, there are some things which i appreciated about these pop-up markets that we should continue to promote:

  1. Entrepreneurship

Many of the tenants are young and aspiring businessmen who deliver something new and fresh to the table. You often see delicate art pieces, accessories and even talented cooks serving unique menus. They work hard and have a vision for their brands and products. These are something to be supported and highlighted, rather than merely the ‘theme’ of these pop-up markets.

  1. Creativity

From the name of the event to the overall theme and finally to the individuality of the stalls present in the market, we have to applaud the people who came up with them with such great uniqueness and creativity.

Overall, i believe that we should not stifle the creativity and full support should be given to the organisers to make the events a big success. We have great talents here in Singapore, and let’s give them the freedom to flourish.

The amateur way of finding your best angle

As an amateur ‘people’ photographer, I’m always happy to make people look better. Not everyone is perfect, really, everyone has certain angles that look really bad on camera, just that these photos are never revealed to anyone. You know what’s best about photos, is that they never really do tell the truth.

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So I thought why not tell you guys the ground rules to finding that best angle, and fool everyone how good you look. Of course, you might want to read a previous post about ‘Looking good in every photo’.

So three basic rules: hide it, highlight it, and show off the bones.

  1. Hide it

Hide the flaws. Identify what is it about your face that really does not look good. For me, I have large nose, large forehead, large eyes. I can’t tilt my face down and look up, I might look like an alien (though aliens are quite cool no?)

Pro tip: To counter that, tilt your head up slightly, and problem solved. Pull the flaws away from the camera to look smaller and inconspicuous. Or use your hair to cover it. Or even cover it literally with your hands.

  1. Highlight it

What are the things you like about your facial features? There has got to be that few. Your ‘Cara Delevigne’ brow, your dimples, your teeth? If you like it, show it, and make sure you make it the star of your photo. Concentrate your facial muscles to that particular feature that you want to highlight.

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Pro tip: Maybe do an eyebrow raise? Smile like you are advertising Darlie? Stuffs like that to really showcase them well. People will notice them more than your flaws, and voila, mission accomplished.

  1. Show off the bones in your face

Cheekbones, jawlines, nose bridge, temples… these are some prominently obvious facial bones on your face. For guys, that jawline is everything – makes you look masculine and tough. For girls, cheekbones – you look fresh, healthy and energetic.

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One tip to show off the jaw is to bite the molar region and sticking your neck out slightly like the famous indian dance move. It sounds really weird but it does work, it’s proven.

And to show off those cheekbones, firstly it is something which i got to hear of called ‘contouring’. Secondly, you can breathe in slightly, or suck in your cheeks and bite the cheek muscles with your mouth closed.

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Everyone has to learn what works for themselves, and has to give in some level of effort. To be honest, everyone can do it, just whether we want to. But well, on that note, do tell me how it goes and I’m excited to hear whether these advice were actually useful. Put on your best face forward!

The way to dress for themed dinners

Thanks to my dear friend Norman for persuading me to do it with him, both of us really went all out for our themed dinner last Saturday. Throwing away the standard suit for a dinner and donning ridiculous costumes must be the most outrageous idea ever, but I will never regret doing it. The theme was ‘A midsummer night’s dream’ by the way.

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Whimsical

Borrowed costumes from Customade Costume in Toa Payoh and sort of added some elements to piece them up together. To tie up both of our looks, we managed to stick to the colour green, and use the fringes of our costume to create the harmony.

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How do we look? As long as you got the confidence to pull it off, people will applaud you for that. #lifelessons but honestly, we did feel so ridiculous that night haha!

5 valuable lessons learnt from FOC

Amidst all the drama going on, miraculously everything sort of died down in a matter of days. I’ve concluded my journey in school, and looking back at all the things I’ve done for FOC, I actually have to thank this wonderful organisation for teaching me the most important values in life – no joke.

  1. Commitment and dedication

When you volunteer to take up a position, you work hard for it. People I’ve met at FOCs are probably the most driven people I’ve ever seen. We are serious about our job – group leaders, programmers, exco, welfare, operations… – and we do our best for the goal of making it the best camp ever. With the leader’s influence, all of us become in sync, just like any successful organisation there is on Earth.

And not forgetting those late night meetings over that one year – times where you feel like quitting, but you are committed and dedicated to complete what you promised at the very beginning.

  1. Compromise

Think about the times we always have internal conflicts, but it is never worth to fight over things which could be solved by merely compromising. Of course that does not mean we do that all the time. If programmes continue to flow as planned, personal relationships are not affected or that nothing is being hindered, then, what’s to lose by compromising?

  1. Straightforward and intuitive thinking

How many times have you heard someone asking you in the office, ‘eh paper no more liao’, ‘this thing spoil liao how?’, and you think to yourself – go and get more paper lah! Spoil liao don’t use lah, go and find the repairman lah!

In FOC, if anyone were to say something that’s totally illogical or ‘as-a-matter-of-fact’ we will probably give you the ‘wtf’ look. If you ask a question, which you already know the answer, then, why bother asking me in the first place?

  1. Flexibility and open-mindedness

Many times when there are problems with logistics, or when last minute mess-ups occur, we definitely do not ask what to do, but to make do with what we have and move on. We can substitute with other materials on hand, or just simply occupy time with filler games or teaching cheers. As long as we achieve the ultimate goal – with a sensible mind of course – we make things work for us.

  1. Teamwork

One of the most important skill set in the modern workplace is definitely teamwork. And come on, with a 50-men team alongside yourself, you have to know how to work well with everybody. Not only do you have to get people to work for you, you have to gain their respect so that they are WILLING to work for you. Assigning each other tasks based on our strengths and weaknesses, while maintaining a healthy working relationship is no easy feat.

Looking back, I really do not regret assuming a role in FOC. I’m sure my fellow friends will understand too. Now that camps are over, and you are thinking of adding some colour to your mundane school life, I guess there is one job waiting for you here in FOC committees.